Our vision: We want to improve standards of living in the Waikato region, where all people, communities and businesses reach their potential.
Waikato Means Business is the name of a 20 year Waikato economic development strategy created with input from regional business leaders.
This strategy sets out the issues, challenges and opportunities that face the Waikato region, and identifies strategic priorities and areas of focus to transform it. The strategy aims to guide regional economic development policy, investment and activities.
An independent steering group made up of regional business leaders, iwi Māori and local government oversees the strategy and annual implementation plans.
The strategy development process drew on a wide range of data and picked up on a number of issues highlighted in a 2012 Waikato Economic Profile, developed by Waikato Regional Council.(external link)
Regional council funding of $350,000 per annum has been approved to implement this strategy. Funding and in-kind support has also been leveraged from a number of other organisations.
Of the regional council funding, $250,000 is being used to kick-start or support initiatives to ensure the strategy’s actions are delivered. The remaining $100,000 is used for specialised support for the steering group.
WEL Energy Trust(external link) is the key regional funding partner of Waikato Means Business.